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Concern in the Caribbean due to coral bleaching acceleration

Bridgetown, May 15.- Caribbean meteorological authorities today demand that local governments pay attention because extreme heat is accelerating coral bleaching in the southwest of the region and the situation is close to reaching dangerous levels.

The regional Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology revealed that for the period from May to August there is a great possibility that temperatures will rise sharply in the waters around Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, and Grenada, with serious consequences for marine flora and fauna.

This entity mentioned that such a situation will lead to greater bleaching, since the corals are more exposed to the stress of marine heat waves and then release the algae that provide them with both their color and most of their energy.

Recent research showed that the phenomenon is noticeable and is getting worse in various parts of the world, due to the effects of climate change.

They warn that if ocean temperatures do not return to normal, bleaching can cause mass death of corals, threatening the species and food chains that depend on them with collapse. (Text and photo: PL)

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